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68 People in sitter grouping:

At its peak, this hugely popular BBC Radio show was listened to by up to 29% of the population and received around 4400 letters per week. Originally called 'Any Questions', the panel show invited contributors to discuss questions sent in by listeners. First aired on the forces radio service in 1941, the founding members included the biologist Sir Julian Sorell Huxley and philosopher Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad. The subjects were as assorted as their guests and topics ranged from the serious to the irreverent. In 1950, the show was transferred to BBC Television before returning to BBC Radio 3 in the 1990s, when it was presented by Dame Joan Dawson Bakewell.

Cyril Dean Darlington

Cyril Dean Darlington

1903-1981
Cytogeneticist and evolutionist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Joost De Blank

Joost De Blank

1908-1968
Canon of Westminster
Sitter in 3 portraits
Walter Elliot Elliot

Walter Elliot Elliot

1888-1958
Scottish Politician; Minister of Agriculture and Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Sitter in 9 portraits
(Benjamin) Ifor Evans, Baron Evans of Hungershall

(Benjamin) Ifor Evans, Baron Evans of Hungershall

1899-1982
Literary scholar and college administrator
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Norman George Fisher

1910-1972
Chief education officer and Chairman of Butterworth & Co Ltd
Sitter in 1 portrait
Michael Flanders

Michael Flanders

1922-1975
Actor, broadcaster and writer
Sitter in 9 portraits
Margery Fry

Margery Fry

1874-1958
Social and penal reformer; sister of Roger Fry
Sitter in 4 portraits
Quintin McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

Quintin McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

1907-2001
Lord Chancellor; son of 1st Viscount Hailsham
Sitter in 49 portraits
Lionel Ramsay Hale

Lionel Ramsay Hale

1909-1977
Playwright and journalist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Peter Hall

Sir Peter Hall

1930-2017
Director and producer of theatre, opera and film
Sitter in 22 portraits
Mary Agnes Hamilton (née Adamson)

Mary Agnes Hamilton (née Adamson)

1882-1966
Politician, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 3 portraits
Gilbert Charles Harding

Gilbert Charles Harding

1907-1960
Broadcaster
Sitter in 19 portraits
No individual image available for this person

(Henry) Wilson Harris

1883-1955
Author, journalist and editor
Sitter in 6 portraits
Herbert Lionel Adolphus Hart

Herbert Lionel Adolphus Hart

1907-1992
Philosopher
Sitter in 2 portraits
Will Hay

Will Hay

1888-1949
Actor
Sitter in 4 portraits
Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard

1893-1943
Actor
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sir Julian Huxley

Sir Julian Huxley

1887-1975
Biologist and writer
Sitter in 58 portraits
Barbara Jackson (née Ward), Baroness Jackson

Barbara Jackson (née Ward), Baroness Jackson

1914-1981
Journalist, broadcaster and economist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad

Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad

1891-1953
Philosopher
Sitter in 29 portraits
Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow)

Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow)

1912-1981
Writer; wife of Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow
Sitter in 7 portraits

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